• WordNet 3.6
    • n petticoat undergarment worn under a skirt
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Petticoat (Zoöl) A loose under-garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n petticoat A short coat or garment worn by men under the long overcoat.
    • n petticoat A skirt: formerly, the skirt of a woman's dress or robe, frequently worn over a hoop or farthingale; now, an underskirt worn by women and children; also, in the plural, skirts worn by very young boys.
    • n petticoat A woman; a female.
    • n petticoat A garment worn by fishermen in warm weather, made of oilcloth or coarse canvas, very wide and descending to the calf of the leg, generally with an insertion for each leg, but sometimes like a woman's petticoat, with no intersecting seam, and worn over the common dress.
    • n petticoat In archery, the ground of a target, beyond the white. Also called
    • n petticoat The depending skirt or inverted cup-shaped part of an insulator for supporting telegraph-lines, the function of which is to protect the stem from rain.
    • petticoat Of or pertaining to petticoats; feminine; female: as, petticoat influence.
    • n petticoat In electricity, on an insulator for outdoor service, a downward projecting mantle intended to shed the rain-water.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Petticoat pet′i-kōt a loose under-skirt worn by females and little boys:
    • adj Petticoat feminine: female, as 'petticoat influence.'—n. Pett′icoat-affair′, an affair in which a woman is concerned
    • n Petticoat pet′i-kōt (coll.) a woman: a fisherman's loose canvas or oilcloth skirt: a bell-mouthed piece over the exhaust nozzles in the smoke-box of a locomotive, strengthening and equalising the draught through the boiler-tubes
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  • Lord Byron
    “The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Petty, + coat,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Petty + coat.


In literature:

After doing this she tore her petticoat into two pieces and wrapped each baby.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
I should fancy small skirmishes might do for under-petticoats, provided they had a siege for the upper.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
Violently, and in the dark, she slipped on a petticoat, and threw a shawl over her shoulders.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Since that dreadful day of the petticoat trousers my wonder had been regarding all integuments, what Sally Dunkelberg would say to them.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
Just pull your petticoats straight, will you?
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
I began arraying myself sullenly and clumsily in the murrain petticoats.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Chris was her "brother in petticoats," people said, and indeed she resembled him greatly in face and disposition.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
At Nymwegen these wooden petticoats were famous too.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
Put a quilted petticoat in the frame.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Where were your long soft muslin petticoats and your fine white satin corsets?
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy

In poetry:

"Now, love," said I, "go, do it on!
And I would have you note
No lovely lady dead and gone
Had such a petticoat."
"Beauty's Wardrobe" by Richard Le Gallienne
Wi' yer silken net on yer hair, Nannie,
I' yer bonnie blue petticoat,
Wi' yer kin'ly arms a' bare, Nannie,
On yer ilka motion I doat.
"Nannie Braw" by George MacDonald
Thy smock of silk, both fair and white,
With gold embroidered gargeously;
Thy petticoat of sendal right,
And these I bought thee gladly
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
I bought thee petticoats of the best,
The cloth so fine as might be;
I gave thee jewels for thy chest,
And all this cost I spent on thee.
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
Now all his schemes were blasted quite,
And to success must bid good night.
Coach, whip, and harness, are laid by
The petticoat once more must try.
"The Coachman's Fall" by William Hutton
Oh darling Eric, why did you
For my fond affection sue,
And then with surgeons artful aid
Transform yourself into a maid?
So now in petticoats you go
And people call you Erico.
"Erico" by Robert W Service

In news:

'The Iron Petticoat,' which featured a feud that played out in The Hollywood Reporter, will air on Turner Classic Movies next month.
Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope and Noelle Middleton in 1956's The Iron Petticoat.
With a little help from me, TCM finally unloosens 'The Iron Petticoat'.
A girl in petticoats and great distress runs across a fog-encrusted heath while lush orchestral music on the soundtrack speaks to the tumult in her soul.
A ruffle or flounce, as on a woman's skirt or petticoat.
A story that the Confederate president donned a petticoat to evade capture emerged right after Union cavalrymen apprehended him in Georgia at war's end.
Katharine Hepburn , Bob Hope and Noelle Middleton in 1956's The Iron Petticoat.
The couple made sure to take the day at a leisurely pace wedding petticoat wedding petticoat.
The only screen teaming of screen legends Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn is finally making its US TV debut on Turner Classic Movies this Thursday, 46 years after The Iron Petticoat '' opened in.
With a little help from me, TCM finally unloosens 'The Iron Petticoat '.
Petticoat Pie's Rachel Simmons is bringing KC a slice of comfort.
Rachel Lora Simmons is the baker and owner at Petticoat Pies.
Texas Women's History Month: The Petticoat Lobby.
Indian women have been wearing saris —long pieces of ornate fabric that are draped over petticoat skirts and fitted shirts—for thousands of years, but for Oprah, this is a first.
In Civil-War era clothing - one in a petticoat, another in his tan suspenders, and all topped with period hats - they strummed their banjos and guitars, and played their fifes and penny whistles.

In science:

Grandmother Farmer used to make braided rugs from old skirts and petticoats from old dish towels, and we sincerely hope that you are well enough paid that you don’t have to do either.
Astrophysics in 2006